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A few months ago Leila and Kanoa walked together side by side feeling the sand between their toes at one of their favorite spots to go: the beach. This was something the two had enjoyed together before but this time was different. This time Kanoa had something planned for Leila, he had strategically placed an engagement ring into a shell on the beach for Leila to discover. After some prompting for her to pick up and inspect the shell, there it was; unexpected and sparkling in the light: a diamond ring.

I have had the pleasure of knowing the wonderful Leila for many years, and let me tell you she has a beautiful personality to go along with her outward beauty. About a year ago she found the perfect guy for her, a man whose friendly and kind personality would match up perfectly with hers. They selected Balboa Park as the backdrop for their engagement photos. The reason; because it was the location of their second date. A date in which Leila says she didn’t think Kanoa was even into her. Which let me just say is a crazy! And obviously he was into her, and here they are now a few weeks out from their wedding day!

Enjoy the photos from their session below:



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This Los Angeles engagement session takes the cake for most epic photo shoot to date! And it could not have been with two cooler people! To start the bride-to-be Vanessa, has been my bestest friend since we were in the 4th grade! Sadly she moved to LA a few years ago, but it worked out for her cause that’s where she met Mike. Who is equally as nice, funny and cool as Vanessa, and I really am oh so happy these two found eachother!

The shoot basically serves as a small tour of the city of Los Angeles. We hit a total of 5 maybe even 6 different areas, with multiple locations at each location! Which means we got a ton of variety! The first spot on day one of two of our shoot was the beaches of Malibu, however we needed to make a stop in a field I saw from the car on the way there (I’m a sucker for fields with pretty light, what can I say?)
The next day we started in the afternoon and went all the way till night fall! Hitting a couple of Vanessa and Mike’s favorite LA spots. Which included the bar Ye Rustic where they met during a Chargers (her team) and Raiders (his team) game. We also hit up a favorite LA haunt of theirs The Dresden an awesome spot that has a lot of old hollywood charm, with it’s bright red booths, dark woods and low lights. In downtown LA we found some more sweet spots: The Walt Disney Concert Hall a place I’ve always wanted to shoot at, The Bradbury Building which has a gorgeous interior and has been used in many movies including a favorite of mine: 500 Days of Summer. That sounds like a lot of spots but there were still more to come! No Los Angeles shoot would be complete without my favorite place Griffith Park a spot that not matter the reason I’m in LA I have to go visit! And last but not least we went downtown to the John Ferraro Building which provides a gorgeous skyline backdrop.
So as you can see I wasn’t kidding when I said it was an epic shoot! I wouldn’t have changed anything about it, I could have kept going all over LA the next day too, so many amazing spots in that city!

Los Angeles engagement photography
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Walking into Sarah’s parent’s house on the day of her wedding I was met with an excited energy. It once seemed like a far off day back in December of last year when we first met, but here it was: the day that Sarah and Solomon had been waiting for; their wedding day. While talking with Sarah after I arrived I learned she was only just now getting nervous. Seeing everyone there getting prepped suddenly made it clear this was it. This was her wedding day. It was then while seeing her mother in that perfect dress she had selected just for her daughter’s wedding, while seeing her friends in those bridesmaids dresses she had long ago selected, that it became real.
Arriving at the church Sarah took strides to ensure that she would not see Solomon, wanting to wait until the moment she came down the aisle to first lay eyes upon her man. The excited energy mounted now as she was here at the church getting into her dress with her friends and family looking on. Tears begin to run down her mother’s cheek as she stepped back and fully took in the image of her little girl in her wedding dress.
The moment finally had arrived for Sarah to make the walk down the aisle. She stood waiting arm in arm with her father in anticipation, as her father tried to choke back the tears. Standing just around the corner out of view from everyone, she knew she was ready and couldn’t wait a second longer to make that walk towards her future husband.

Sarah and Solomon your day was full of so much love, laughs and happy tears. It was a great pleasure to be a part of your wedding! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did taking them. Congrats to you both!

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This wedding was a first for me, it was an elopement. With just the couple, the videographers, the officiant and myself. I even served as the witness, the second time I can say I have had that honor for a couple. Lisa and Jordan decided to go with the beautiful seaside location in Ocean Beach after having found it on the internet from their home in Texas. It was a warm humid evening, but to two people who are used to far more heat and humidity it was nothing to them. I had a great time being a part of their Ocean Beach wedding, as well as getting to know these two awesome people. My favorite thing I learned probably had to be how Lisa and Jordan met. While in a Texas airport Lisa laid eyes on Jordan and knew she had to act. She boldly approached Jordan while he was sitting working on his laptop and proceeded to tell him ways in which to improve the presentation he was working on. I like her style! I mean I may have passed a note or two in my day, but never have been able to do something as cool as she did, and it paid off!
Enjoy photos from their wedding below!

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It was said more than once by friends who accompanied us on our shoot “This is probably the most I have seen Jackie and Brian kiss.” For a couple who may not be super big into PDA they seemed right at home putting their love on display in front of the camera. It always makes me happy when a couple is able to just be silly and have fun during their engagement session.
Neither Jackie or Brian are originally from San Diego and this played a role in their engagement session location. Jackie said “Brian and I met in San Diego, while we were both working on the San Diego Padres event crew, so we felt that a beautiful beach setting represented the life we built together in San Diego.”
Scripps Seaside Forum was really day one of what will be a two day engagement session, I am super excited for our next shoot at what is going to be an awesome location! For now I’m gonna keep it top secret, but just know it’s gonna be SWEET!

Check out the photos from our La Jolla shoot below!

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